Rep. George Sayler, D-Coeur d’Alene, voted with the panel’s Republican
members in an earlier 5-2 vote to dismiss a charge against Hart of abuse
of legislative privilege. “I’ve said before I don’t think this is a
partisan issue,” Sayler said. “I don’t see that we had a clear standard
to judge by, in terms of the immunity clause … when it can be used and
when it cannot be used. I certainly thought it was inappropriate, and
cast a black mark on the legislative body, and I would hope that Rep.
Hart would change his practice, but in terms of a clear violation of
that clause, I didn’t see it. ”Sayler said, “From a personal
perspective, I do believe his behavior was unethical. But from a legal
perspective, I didn’t see we had the justification”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here. And: Betsy’s full story on today’s Ethics Committee hearing here.
Question: Will today’s unanimous recommendation by the House Ethics Committee hurt Hart with House District 3 voters?